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Monday, June 28, 2010

Metal beaded bead in tubular peyote stitch

The large central bead in this piece is made from bead-woven silver and copper beads, using a spiraling peyote stitch technique. It is approximately 2-1/2 inches long, and is surrounded by copper, silver, and turquoise in the rest of the necklace strand. The rest is put together using simple stringing and wire work techniques.


The trick to creating a spiraling strand or bead like this is to use different sizes of beads and to weave tubular peyote using an odd count.  As you make your way around the tube, the spiral naturally develops, and it is accentuated by using different sized beads.  This is similar to the Cellini spiral, which is worked even count. 


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10 comments:

Eileen Bergen said...

The curved focal bead is just lovely.

Will this very clever technique be included in your book?

Heather said...

Oh Cyndi, that is a lovely piece. I love the metal spiral as the focal portion of your necklace. Love the turquoise and warm tone beads too!!

Cyndi L said...

LOL! Probably not exactly. Instructions for doing tubular peyote stitch are widely available. BUT, I have worked out a similar technique for creating a spiraling bezel which will definitely be in a future chapter!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you Heather! I'm a huge fan of turquoise, and I usually prefer it with warm tones instead of silver, but it works so well both ways!

A Creative Dream... said...

What a gorgeous bead! My sister does the peyote stitch, I'm sending her on over to see!

Jeannie said...

OHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHh Me LIKES. It's so regal. I want a bracelet with the metal spiral. How soon can you get that to me. LOL

Cyndi L said...

Thanks June! There seems to be no end to the variations that can be made with a simple stitch like this :-)

Cyndi L said...

Jeannie, you're funny! I'm not too fast at peyote stitch, so how about 2012? :-D

Jeannie said...

2012? Perfect! I'll be waiting.

Noreen Crone-Findlay said...

Omigosh, that's gorgeous, Cyndi! wow...

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